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Spot On is a series of community conversations designed to illuminate the major themes of selected plays in Northern Stage’s main stage season. Featuring artists, academics, community leaders, and inspirational figures you will want to hear from, these conversations are curated to spark resonant dialogue among our community members. Conversations take place prior to a Sunday afternoon performance: talks begin at 3 PM and end at 4 PM.
Spot On conversations are free and open to the public, but you must reserve your seat by contacting the Box Office at or by calling (802) 296-7000.

2022-23 Spot On Series:

Sunday, March 12, following the 5 p.m. Performance

Sweat may be set in Reading, Pennsylvania, but many of the issues explored in the play hit close to home here in the Upper Valley. We are honored and excited to have special guest speakers from Dismas House in Harford and the Upper Valley Turning Point discuss their experiences and work with us, addressing the experience of rehabilitation and reintegration that are core to both the play and our community.

Dismas House is a supportive community for former prisoners transitioning from incarceration. Dismas provides transitional housing for formerly incarcerated people and recruits university students and international volunteers to live in the house.

The Upper Valley Turning Point helps advance recovery from substance use disorder and addictive behavior. They offer recovery support services, education, and advocacy for social, cultural, and health care parity with other illnesses.


Or Call 802-296-7000

Side by Side by Sondheim – June 19, 3:00-4:00 PM
Join Dartmouth Professor of Music Steve Swayne and Associate Artistic Director Sarah Wansley for a lively conversation about the work of Stephen Sondheim and his legacy in the American music theater. Professor Swayne’s 2005 book, How Sondheim Found His Sound, explores Sondheim’s self-described role as a “playwright in song” and his many influences from classical music to film. Professor Swayne will share both personal and academic reflections on Sondheim to give a richer context for our production of Side by Side. The conversation will be inside the Byrne theater, prior to our outdoor performance.
The Railway Children – December 4, 4:30 PM
This re-imagination of The Railway Children celebrates the power of a small town community and the act of coming together in the face of obstacles. This December, join us at Northern Stage for a fun afternoon of family holiday activities! Learn to sing the songs from The Railway Children, deck our lobby with arts and crafts, or enjoy a cup of hot cocoa over chats with local historians and artists! Bathe in gratitude, love, and joy this holiday season in the heart of White River Junction with The Railway Children.